I am playing a 4-3-3 (with defensive mid (DLP)) and am really struggling to score goals. I am not conceding many, frequently the opposition scores 1 or doesn't score at all. In most games I register over 20 shots but really struggle to get goals. my tactic:
Cuadrado WB(S) - Bonucci BPD (D) - De Ligt CD (D) - Alex Sandro WB (S)
Pjanic DLP (D)
Emre Can BBM - Rabiot AP (S)
Paulo Dybala IF (A) Douglas Costa Winger (A)
Cristiano Ronaldo DLF (A)
work ball into box
look for underlap
play out of defense
take short kicks
slow pace down
prevent short GK distribution
As I mentioned above my primary issue is in attack. While my team does concede a When I play against smaller sides I struggle to break them down often with my CMs passing the ball back and forth between each other, no penetration or link up, then eventually playing it out wide to a fullback who crosses. Ronaldo gets on the end of numerous crosses but either misses the goal completely or fires it straight at the keeper. Paulo Dybala and D Costa also end up with chances from occasional long balls but finish wide of the post (even when they have decent angles and Dybala's left foot is facing goalside)
Some other things I have tried included switching to two BBMs in the center and making my RW an AP(A) as well as making my two CMs Mezzalas. I have also tried playing to the flanks without much success
Many of my goals come from either set pieces or a failed cross falling to a CM who blasts from outside/ top of the box.
To sum it up my team just looks impotent in attack a lot of the time and when the ball does eventually go wide, a good cross is put in, Ronaldo misses the goal every time. Somehow I am still ending up with numerous chances but my (should be) world class FW line has finishing which wouldn't fly in a 4th division side. My side is just not playing that well and the chances they are getting are fluffed wide from good positions from attacking players who really should not be missing these chances.
halfway through the season I am 4th in Serie A and did manage to top my very easy CL group so tactics are not a disaster but I am performing well below the standard I should be. Too many games with over 20 shots that I have either drawn 0-0 or lost 0-1 against inferior opposition
I have noticed many of my complaints (impotent play in the middle, missed shots etc) are frequent complaints about this ME so how do I mitigate this? I am really frustrated with the current ME and considering deleting FM 20 off my computer... if my FWs keep missing sitters I don't understand how this game is playable?